Following his arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) the commission on Tuesday, December 15, the commission has slammed two separate charges in two different courts on the former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Patrick Apkobolokemi, and several others.
According to Sahara Reporters, Akpobolokemi is facing a 40 count charge of fraud and money laundering for the sum of N34.5billion in one of the charges, filed at the Federal High Court.
In the second, which was filed at the Lagos State High Court, he is accused of stealing another N600m. The embattled former NIMASA boss was again battling to secure bail, pending his arraignment.
Sources at the EFCC disclosed that the commission re-arrested Akpobolokemi following fresh evidence of fraud.
Akpobolokemi’s arrest is on the strength of fresh evidence that he reportedly converted the sum of over N11.7billion, and another N816,000,000 (totaling nearly N13billion) into his personal use, which was meant for the development of the temporary site of the proposed Nigeria Maritime University, Kurutie, in the Warri South local government area of Delta state.
A mild drama ensued as he resisted the security agents move to whisk him away, claiming that he was on bail. His protest was however, ignored as he was overpowered and bundled into a waiting bus while onlookers watched. Efforts by his lawyer, Dr. Joseph Nwobike (SAN), to intervene and prevent his client’s re-arrest were unsuccessful.